Community Voices: Light Pollution from Navy SEALs Complex?

Our El Camino condo overlooks the Navy SEALs complex. Some months ago a new light was installed on the back of the guard house on Coronado Beach. The light has no shade on the top so the glare is visible to everyone on that side of El Camino and the light is on all night. 

Might it be possible to put a shade over the top of the light so the glare only points downward to the beach and not upward to the sky also? I used to love sitting on our balcony at night, but not with the glare from the light.  

Is it possible to cap the light, please? I don't know whom to ask about this so thought a general blog post on eCoronado might be the best way to reach whomever is responsible for that light. Thanks!

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Tags: community, military

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Comment by Michael Griffith on July 9, 2014 at 3:46pm

Hello Lorraine

This security post (it's called Gator 1) started using a loud horn not long ago to get the attention of pedestrians walking on the beach.  The pedestrians were crossing the barrier they have set up to keep people from trespassing on to the Navy beach. The sound is quite obnoxious and I can easily hear it on the 15th floor.  I spoke to the security guard there and asked for the number to speak to a security supervisor about the horn.  Here is the number:  619.545.7418.  The person they put me in touch with was very courteous and mentioned that they would be sensitive to the neighbors in the Shores concerning the use of the horn.  I will say I have noticed a difference since my call.  You might have some luck if you contacted them.

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Comment by Lorraine Hermann on July 9, 2014 at 4:19pm

Dear Michael,

Thanks for the information. I called that number and was given a different one: 619-572-1584. That individual said he had no authority over the light on the back of security post Gater 1. He said the person in charge of the light would be Commanding Officer Sund in building 678 at North Island, but didn't have a phone number for him. 

FYI, we too really disliked the loud horn and have noticed that the one now being used is much quieter. Thank you for complaining about it.

I still think there must be a better way to discourage pedestrians from straying across onto the Navy beach just south of El Camino beside blowing a horn, hollering at people, or running down the beach after them. (Most stray walkers appear to be wearing headphones and don't hear the horn or the hollering.) The simplest to us would seem to be a movable sign that said "Restricted - Keep Out" down near the water's edge. It would have to be moved as the tide came in of course. 

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Comment by Michael Griffith on July 9, 2014 at 4:26pm

Thanks Lorraine.  I hope you get a positive response about the light.

I also think there must be a better way to keep folks off of their beach.  The horn is quieter now, but I think the suggestion you make is a good one.


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Comment by Lorraine Hermann on July 9, 2014 at 4:33pm

I think the address might be the following and will try this one:


Phone 619-545-1011.

Am posting it here to save others from looking for it. 

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Comment by Lorraine Hermann on July 9, 2014 at 4:42pm

Turns out that number brings up about 30 more telephone numbers.  The right one is for Commanding Officer of the Day, which is 619-545-8123. I had a nice phone conversation and they've promised to see what can be done about the light. More later! 

Comment by Christopher Sund on July 14, 2014 at 1:15pm

Maintenance personnel at the Naval Amphibious Base are in the process of installing a light deflector.  This should significantly reduce the amount of reflected light on nearby residents.

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Comment by Michael Griffith on July 15, 2014 at 11:12am

Thanks for being a good neighbor Mr. Sund!  We appreciate all that you do!

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Comment by Lorraine Hermann on July 15, 2014 at 10:11pm
It's better but not fixed. Perhaps the board installed over the light needs to be tilted downward? Or a less bright light used? Photos attached from the El Camino parking garage level, and from our balcony.

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Comment by Lorraine Hermann on July 15, 2014 at 11:47pm

Here's a close-up of the light. You can see that the flat board above the light isn't sufficient as the light simply escapes around the edges.


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Comment by Lorraine Hermann on July 16, 2014 at 7:19pm
I wonder if putting an edging or valance around the new wood cover would be a simple solution?

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